2024 Behavioral Assessment 1 Workshop

2024 Behavioral Assessment 1 Workshop

July 19-21, 2024

This workshop will be offered again in July and October 2025.

Workshop description

This foundational workshop teaches practical interviewing techniques in a theoretical framework of behavioral assessment. While the focus is on the initial assessment of candidates, the methodology is readily adapted to assessing candidates in other stages of formation. Interview topics include family background, educational and occupational histories, psychosexual histories and intimacy skills, faith history, Catholic practices, and other pertinent issues related to comprehensive vocation assessment. 

Arrival and departure dates/times

Please note this three-day workshop begins on July 19 at 9:00 a.m. and ends on July 21 at 4:00 p.m. Central time. Overnight accommodations are included, with arrivals after 3 pm on July 18 and departures before 9 am on July 22. If you are registered for the Health and Wellness in Candidate Assessment workshop, you do not have to check out, your room and meals are provided between workshops.


This third workshop of our Summer Institute will be held at the Malliac Center, Leavenworth, KS. It is the home of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, The nearest airport is Kansas City (MCI) and ground transportation is available through Lyft, Uber, and Super Shuttle. Workshop participation is limited to 23 participants.  


Eucharistic Liturgy for workshop participants will be offered each day at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel, including Sunday Mass. Each workshop includes communal prayer. 


Reverend Raymond P. Carey, Ph.D. is a priest of the Archdiocese of Portland, OR. He has taught at both the secondary and university levels and presently teaches at Mount Angel Seminary Graduate School of Theology in Saint Benedict, Oregon. Fr. Carey holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has presented workshops in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. He is a recipient of the NRVC Harvest Award and is recognized as a Lifetime NRVC member for his significant work in service of vocation ministry.

Workshop fees

Workshop fees include materials, speaker stipends, facility fees, all meals, and breaks. The workshop fee also includes overnight accommodations for 4 nights, arriving after 3:00 p.m. on July 18 and checking out by 9:00 a.m. on July 22. If you do not need overnight accommodations, please contact dinasp@nrvc.net

NRVC member: $1,000                            Non-member: $1,290

Become an NRVC member here to save on workshop fees.   

Workshop registration is now closed.

Late fees

All workshop registrations received after June 30 incur a $100 late fee.   


Cancellations for workshops must be received in writing to dinasp@nrvc.net before June 30 to receive a full refund minus a $100 processing fee.  After June 30, all fees are non-refundable.  

Financial assistance available

The Misericordia Scholarship Fund is available to assist NRVC members with their professional development. Scholarship funds can be applied to NRVC workshops; however, they do not cover the cost of transportation, accommodations, meals, or personal expenses. If you need financial assistance to attend an NRVC workshop, please apply here

Workshop terms and conditions

Please read our NRVC terms and conditions for all events and programs.

Workshops are designed from the NRVC curriculum for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the complex theological, spiritual, psycho-sexual, ethical, and diversity issues often present in contemporary vocation ministry. The NRVC recommends that vocation ministers participate in ongoing educational opportunities to attend to their own vocation, faith formation, and to further develop their professional competencies. 

“The sessions involved many practical examples and questions which could be asked. It also listed several criterial pertaining to different situations which are applicable to assessment. Father Ray has a lot of experience and is a talented speaker so it was not hard to maintain attention throughout.”                                               --Dr. Daniel Micallef

“Father Ray is an expert in his field and his generosity to pass on his knowledge and wisdom to others is highly appreciated.”
                                        --Sister Madona Malacapay, O.C.D.

“The workshop gave me much information on the process of evaluating and interviewing seekers and inquirers to our community. It gave me much-needed background information and provided practical tools in the process. Though daunting to implement, the workshop provided more practical information than I expected.”
                                           --Brother Joseph Kronebush, O.C.S.O.

“There is no question that his experience and expertise are likely without comparison, and I appreciated his ability to navigate the conversations and the questions.”
                                             --Brother David Caretti, F.S.C.

Questions about Summer Institute workshops?

Please contact Sr. Dina Bato, S.P. at dinasp@nrvc.net.

Workshop registration is now open in our online store

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